Hello to all the members and friends of Preservation Maryland. My name is Margaret De Arcangelis and I am the new Education and Outreach Director. I started work on January 3 and I am very excited to manage such a great collection of educational events throughout the year. As the Education and Outreach Director, I am primarily responsible for planning the annual conference and Restoration & Renovation Fair, managing the Endangered Maryland program, networking our preservation colleagues, supporting our public policy advocacy efforts, and implementing our new tour program. If you have thoughts or ideas about any of these programs, I encourage you to call or email me.
Now for a little bit about who I am and how I got here. I grew up in a suburb of Detroit and received my Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, I developed a strong interest in affordable housing and continued to nurture my interests in historic buildings and the development of cities. My interest and experience with affordable housing lead me to Isla Vista, California, where I served as the executive director for the Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative from 2006 to 2009. Although things were great in California, I wanted to explore how historic preservation could serve as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, so I moved to Washington, DC, to start a dual master’s degree program at the University of Maryland in Historic Preservation and Community Planning. Now that I am a proud resident of Baltimore City and have completed my graduate work, I am looking forward to working with and learning from the historic preservation community throughout Maryland.
Margaret De Arcangelis